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A few weeks ago I got to spend the week with some of my favorite people.  We fished, cooked and hung out and it was AMAZING!  One of the dishes that my sweet friend Shannon made were these Chicken Flautus and they were so good I have to share them with you.

It all started here…

To make these flautus super special Shannon made her own version of Rotel that the chicken would eventually soak up.  Honestly I thought she was crazy to make her own and questioned why she wasn’t just using the favorite canned version but she assured me I would understand once I tasted it and she was right.

I don’t think I will ever buy the canned version again.

Now the chicken

To keep things simple we used some leftover chicken breasts we have cooked up in the Instant Pot the day before for tacos.  We just shredded the cooked chicken and then put it into the skillet with this amazing Homemade Rotel.  

And then we let it cook all the way down until almost all the liquid was gone.

Once it is all cooked down you are left with some of the most flavorful chicken ever…I AM OBSESSED WITH IT!

Now comes the fun

After the chicken is ready to go it is time to get the tortillas ready to roll.  To help ensure they do not tear you want to heat them up in a skillet with a little oil so that the corn tortilla is more pliable.  You only need 20-30 seconds per tortilla in the pan and then it is time to roll.

Roll…Roll… and roll some more

Once you a few tortillas ready it is time to fill them up and then roll them.  It is important to not over fill them as you want them to roll up pretty tight.

Shannon works in batches and will cook up 5-6 flautus at a time.  This way the pan doesn’t get too crowded.

It is time for FLAUTUS!

Chicken Flautus

A fun and delicious dinner or party treat that everyone is sure to LOVE

10 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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    Homemade Rotel
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, roasted and peeled, chopped (or 1 can chopped green chilies)
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • Flautus
  • 3-4 cups shredded chicken (You can use leftover chicken or roast 2-3 chicken breasts to use)
  • 12-14 corn tortillas
  • 3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Toppings
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de gallo
  • Queso
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Fresh chopped cilantro


  • In a large pot combine all the ingredients for the Homemade Rotel
  • Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce to simmer
  • Let simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until it reduces a little
  • Remove from heat and let cool
  • Remove 1/2 of the Rotel mix and reserve for a later use
  • To the pot with the remaining hotel add in the chicken
  • Bring mixture back to a boil and then reduce to a simmer over medium heat
  • Let simmer until almost all the liquid is evaporated, stirring often to keep mixture from burning
  • In a large skillet heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium high heat
  • Place a corn tortilla into skillet and let heat up a little, flipping onto the other side, until it is pliable
  • Remove to a paper towel lined plate
  • Repeat with 2-3 more tortillas working as quickly as possible, adding oil as needed
  • Place 2-3 tablespoons chicken mixture into tortilla and roll tortilla into a tight flauta, making sure to not overfill the tortillas, they need to be able to roll up tightly
  • Place flautas back into hot skillet, seam side down, and cook until tortilla starts to brown and seam is sealed, flipping onto each side to let brown and crisp up
  • Repeat with each flauta until all the chicken mixture is used
  • Serve immediately with whatever toppings you prefer
  • ENJOY!!


You can use ground beef of you would prefer instead of chicken

It comes down to the toppings…

To make them even better we set out pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole and Shannon’s Queso.  You could also top with some shredded cheese, shredded lettuce or salsa.  Whatever makes you happy.

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